Museum open Weds–Mon, Sea Center on Stearns Wharf open daily; both 10:00 AM–5:00 PM


Applications open now!

Our three teen programs have different scopes and commitments—we have something for every teen interested in science and nature. Follow the links for more information on each program, including application deadlines.

The Sea Center is always accepting teen volunteers; visit the Sea Center volunteer opportunity page for more details.

Quasars to Sea Stars

Interested in exploring science and nature in a museum setting? Quasars to Sea Stars is a three-four year program that allows high school teens to gain hands-on experience in science related careers.

Quasar using a microscope

Counselors in Training (CITs)

CITs: Teens age 14–17 earn community service hours and gain valuable skills while inspiring young children in the Museum’s summer Nature Adventure Camps.

Teen counselor in training strolling in the Museum backyard


VolunTEENS: Teens age 13–17 earn community service hours and gain valuable public speaking skills while helping visitors connect to nature in the Museum Backyard.

VolunTEENS engaging with museum visitors

Sea Center

Teens age 14 and up earn community service hours as exhibit interpreters at the Sea Center, performing hands-on demonstrations and giving live animal presentations. Younger interpreters age 11-13 can volunteer alongside a parent or guardian.

Teen volunteering at the Sea Center

Volunteer Benefits

  • Free admission to the Museum
  • Discount at Museum and Sea Center Stores
  • New skills and experiences to add to your resume and college applications
  • One-on-one training from Museum educators
  • Opportunities to meet new people, make friends, and have fun

Explore the tabs to the right to locate specific applications and to learn more about our current offerings.

Teens earn community service hours and gain valuable skills at the Museum and Sea Center.